What goes up

…must come down.

Unless you’re Roger “Rocket” Clemens.

Probably one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, Rocket, has pursued the title of ‘ best ever” for as long as he has known the game.

In The Rocket That Fell To Earth: Roger Clemens and the Rage for Baseball Immortality, Jeff Pearlman introduces us to Rocket and many of the characters that surrounded him during his playing days in Major League Baseball.

I’ve never really been a fan of Rocket. Even when he played for my Toronto Blue Jays. I was always indifferent to him. However, after reading this fascinating tale about why Rocket did what he did (from visiting kids in the hospital, to taking steroids and everything else in between) I have a new found respect for him.

Why, you may ask. Because of his drive and intensity to succeed. Because of his respect for his elder brother and mother. Because of his compassion towards children. He won’t ever be my favourite player but this book did give me a different persective.

There is alot in this book. Jeff is not hell-bent on destroying the image of Rocket. Neither is he a Rocket apologist. Yes, you’ll read about his affairs and his use of PEDs. However, if you’re looking for a story of substance and not just tabloid fodder, this is the book.

I hope you enjoy.

Have you ever read a book which changed your perspective on someone? Tell me about it. Your comments are always welcome.

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